Originally Posted by harleighquinn
I won't name names.
All I will say is that on any given article forum on AI I have seen that over 3/4 of the actual comments are a litany of attacks on someone labeled as a "troll".
By definition, I would be a troll. I come, I read the articles, I read a few comments and if I feel the need or require extrapolation, I comment myself.
The term "troll" is another work of bastardization of the english language morphasized to mean what those in the consensus elected it to mean, when it already had a well documented definition.
In any case, it is the same offenders always ganging up on the same people.
If someone disagrees with you, deal with it. Move on. It's like a critique in creative writing class.
But ganging up on someone? That's pretty childish. And hypocritical. Especially when those doing it have been witnessed crying foul when it has been done to them.
Let me take a stab at explaining it. I usually avoid feeding or discussing the trolls... this thread is an excepption.
To the point: This is a site to present Apple-related articles and forums to discuss the details pro and con. Some of the articles are biased, but most are fine
Most of the people (evidenced by their posts) come here to discuss the topics in a reasoned, intelligent and polite fashion.
Others (evidenced by their posts) come here to disrupt the discussion. An example is to take a completely arbitrary (usually contrary) position. For example, the iPad is shit because...
Then a few posts later, take the complete opposite position: the iPad will be a great success.
Often these flip-flops take place multiple times during the thread.
The attempt appears to be to educate us and protect us from ourselves... or just stir the pot!
After reading a few threads containing posts of this type, others notice who is doing the posting, and usually ignore the posts.
However, after several days of the same disruptive behavior... the mods will usually ban the offender.
Not, detered, the offender assumes a different alias and renews the spew.
Its gotten so that others can recognize the troll by his MO. For example: SpotOn has the same MO as IGenius who was banned a while back.
Like I said, most serious members usually ignore the troll. But, after being called names, being told what to think and whats good or bad, ad infinitum over and over... it makes intelligent discussion impossible.
At this point, most reasoned people just abandon the thread.
Sometimes, though, it becomes too much and some (me included) will gang up on the troll and ridicule him.
I guess that this just satisfies an inner instinct!
Guilty as charged.